Yoshimoto Kogyo to open entertainment school in Naha next spring

Yoshimoto Kogyo to open entertainment school in Naha next spring

Company affiliates promoting student recruitment for Laugh & Peace Entertainment School Okinawa, calling it “a school of fun” on October 5 at the Yoshimoto Kogyo Tokyo Headquarters.


October 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


On October 5, Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd. announced the details regarding the Laugh & Peace Entertainment School Okinawa that is to open next April in Matsuo, Naha City in Okinawa Prefecture.

Yoshimoto Kogyo thereby began recruiting new students.

On the same day, comedian group Garage Sale and comedian Jimmy Onishi held a press conference at the Tokyo headquarters.

Regarding the company, they said, “They accept anyone and we want to have fun while developing skills that will provide world-wide entertainment.”



The school is currently being constructed on the old Matsuo Fire Station site.

The school was pre-approved in September by the Okinawa Prefectural Government.

There will be a Creative Department where students can learn about manga, CG, and anime production.

The Performing Arts Department will develop dancers and actors/actresses who will be performing on stage, along with those who will remain backstage, such as directors and producers.

The school will offer a two-year program with an 80-student limit.


Besides famous magazine editors and dancers, historian and Emeritus Professor Kurayoshi Takara from the University of the Ryukyus and Professor Yoshiro Shimoji from the Department of Tourism Sciences also from the same university will be teaching at the school.

Utilizing Yoshimoto Kogyo’s network and offering practical activities under the guidance of professionals in the field, students will also be able to learn about Okinawa’s history and culture.

In turn, this will lead to industrial development in the form of tourism and developing new products.

The school will also come up with local events coordinated with the 41 municipalities within Okinawa.


During the press conference, incorporated educational institution Laugh & Peace Headmaster Nobuhiro Mizutani said, “Okinawa is full of traditional culture and is in the middle of Asia, making it a wonderful location for developing skills.

Entertainment is the best education. I want to offer an education that isn’t available in normal schools or curriculum.”


To apply, all one needs to do is “write his or her name” and there will not be a screening process.

Tuition will be about one-million yen a year.

Students will be able to use financial support systems from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and Yoshimoto Kogyo itself is thinking of coming up with their own financial program.

There will be information sessions in Naha City on October 14 and 21, Ishigaki and Miyakojima Cities, along with Kumejima Town on October 15.

For more information, call the school’s admission office at 0120 (787) 847.


(English translation by T&CT and Chelsea Ashimine)


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